Sunday, September 22, 2013

Now Experimenting With Black and White Film

I have recently started acquiring black and white 35mm film of different speeds and brands. So far, I've found Kodak and Ilford films.

Kodak has the Tri-X films, which are the standard, as far as I can tell; and they have the BW400CN, which can be developed in the same chemicals as color film. I only have a 3200 ISO film from Ilford. I've seen that they have a 50 ISO film I want to try; it's supposedly grainless.

The challenges I'm having with film are not what I imagined. The Walgreens that develops my film also scans to CD. I can easily post that online. Unfortunately, the scans are rather small images, good enough for the web, not so great for me.

There is obviously no EXIF data, which means I need to track my settings manually. I'm not there yet. I really should change to manual mode and be more conscious about my shots. This is funny considering that shooting with film already makes me more conscientious, but obviously, not enough.

I look forward to comparing my work on digital after my tryst with film.

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